A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Oxfam flies out aid experts to Iraq
International agency Oxfam today flew out a seven strong team of experts to Iraq to set up an aid program to help thousands of people forced to flee their homes in recent days. The team will be initially based in the Kurdistan region of Irbil, northern Iraq.
"With over 500,000 people forced to flee their homes in a very short space of time there is an immediate need to make sure people have a roof over their heads, food and essential services such as water and sanitation. We have years of experience of helping people in such crises and helping them get back on their feet. We will quickly establish how best Oxfam can help along with many other local and international agencies who are already helping," said team leader Wael Ibrahim.
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